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Gilded Silver Garuda Pendant set with Turquoise, Coral & Other Stones
Newar People, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
18th-19th century

height: 5cm, width: 4.8cm

This pendant is of gilded (gold plated) silver, and was meant to decorate a statue or perhaps a person. The central figure is that of Garuda, marked out in
large pieces of polished coral, including a coral face that has been carved with facial features. The deity's wings are inlaid with flat segments of
mother-of-pearl or similar, and the deity is surrounded by turquoise, red glass, pearls and spinels in gilded box settings.

Garuda is the celestial mode of transport (
vahana) for Vishnu and so is an important figure in Nepali and Newar Hinduism.

See lot 258 in Sotheby's New York sale: 'Indian and Southeast Asia Art' December 1, 1993, and again lot 269 in Sotheby's New York sale, 'Indian and
Southeast Asian Art', June 4, 1994, for a related jewel.

The example here is in a fine and stable condition.

References:
Clarke, J., Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas, V&A Publications, 2004.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4403

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A related pendant or earring in the British Museum.